By Gina Martinez
Flushing residents got a chance to turn in their old electronics to be recycled.
City Councilman Rory Lancman (D- Hillcrest) and state Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz (D-Flushing) hosted an E-Waste Recycling event in Flushing at the Yeshiva of Central Queens Sunday.
The recycling event was in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center, in response to a state electronics recycling law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2015.
Lower East Side Ecology Center is the largest non-municipal provider of E-waste recycling services in New York. City residents can bring old electronics to the Gowanus E-Waste Warehouse, located at 469 President St., or at seasonal recycling events across all five boroughs.
Lancman and Simanowitz said the event was a win-win that pushes environmental goals and gave Queens residents a convenient location to recycle their old electronics.
“We organized this E-Waste Recycling event to ensure our constituents had an easy, local option to responsibly recycle their old electronics,” Lancman said. “This is crucial to both protecting the environment, and following state law.”
Residents were able to get rid of computers, portable music players, video-games and cell phones, among other devices.
“Since the effective ban on curb-side disposal for electronic items, we have worked to alleviate the burden this law puts on our constituents, particularly our senior and disabled population, “Simanowitz said.
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